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You probably know the premise by now: John Krasinski stars opposite his real-life wife Emily Blunt, and he also co-wrote the script and directed the film. While Krasinski is the public face of the movie, this project is the brainchild of writers Scott Beck and Bryan Woods, who came up with this concept ten years ago and have been trying to bring it to life ever since.
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One of the telltale signs that something scary is about to happen in a horror movie is things suddenly get very quiet. You guys decided to essentially take that moment and write an entire movie set within it. How did you come up with this premise?
So it was that idea, which we hoped would be terrifying. And it was this general idea of — Scott and I were watching a lot of silent movies in college and even to this day. That would be bizarre and interesting.
What kinds of things did you watch for inspiration? So movies like that were really the ones we came back to. Because we knew at the end of the day, even writing a script, everything had to play visually on the page as much as it would need to on the screen.
How did you physically write A Quiet Place? Are you both in the same room, or are you e-mailing drafts back and forth? We brainstorm together in the room. Bryan and I love movies that play to big audiences. Our writing process is very much that.
One of the things I think the film does really well is build tension in a way that feels organic. Every encounter with these creatures feels truly dangerous.
Tell me about how you incorporated that growing tension into the story. You have to find your moments of silence where you can start building that suspense. That always distilled down to this family at the core of it.
That they had to have some fundamental issue. Early on in the process, we realized they need to have an issue with communication. This is also a film where rules are very important. Can you talk about how you decided to dole out information to the audience about the world the characters find themselves in?
Did you ever think about taking this to Bad Robot with the possibility of it being a Cloverfield movie? That was one of those things that, I guess it crossed our mind and we had spoken to our representatives about that possibility.
It was weird timing, though, because when we were writing the script, 10 Cloverfield Lane was at Paramount. We were actually talking to an executive there about this film, and it felt from pitch form that there might be crossover, but when we finally took the final script in to Paramount, they saw it as a totally different movie.
What was really incredible about the process that we feel very grateful for is the studio embraced this weird movie with no dialogue with open arms. They never thought about branding it as a Cloverfield film, I think in part because conceptually it was able to stand on its own.
And our biggest fear was — we love Bad Robot, we love the people over there, and obviously J. We show up to all of them, we enjoy those movies too, but our dream was always to drop something different into the marketplace, so we feel grateful that Paramount embraced the movie as its own thing.It’s a case of you controlling the interview basically.
You know where words are being used and where the interview is being taken. BARBARA: Yeah, I think it’s quite a balancing act between being in control and actually appearing very relaxed.
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